Video: Occupy Wall Street & Capitalism: A Professor’s Response
“Karl Marx was an intellectual radical. What that means is that he sought to get at the root cause of social ills with his analysis. Despite my extreme disagreement with Marx on his diagnosis, I have always been attracted to intellectual radicalism. Not the fashionable radical chic of rock stars, etc., but the nerdy radicalism of scholars and public intellectuals. Not a radicalism evident where the cool-kids party while skipping school, but a radicalism born in the library and in reading dusty old books and studying long and hard to try and figure things out. Think hard, read widely, think even harder, then attempt to write clearly — that is the intellectual radicalism that I find exciting.”
I just returned after spending a wonderful evening with a German Socialist Activist. It was a wonderful evening because I got to understand many of his arguments and we started discussing them openly; without never aiming at a consensus. I just got back home and saw the following video: Stephen Colbert Takes on Occupy Wall Street
Now, I just can’t stop laughing! “Ethically” Colbert is just Great!
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert takes on Occupy Wall Street in a hilarious yet actual segment with protest representatives of “the consensus within the press group” Justin (“a male-bodied person”) and “Ketchup” (“a female-bodied person”) in a “Co-Optportunity” with what Colbert calls a cult, oh sorry, I mean “movement”. via David Theroux | Tuesday November 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM PDT
And as Ayn Rand cleverly mentioned in regard to Deficit Financing,
The government has no source of revenue, except the taxes paid by the producers. To free itself—for a while—from the limits set by reality, the government initiates a credit con game on a scale which the private manipulator could not dream of. It borrows money from you today, which is to be repaid with money it will borrow from you tomorrow, which is to be repaid with money it will borrow from you day after tomorrow, and so on. This is known as “deficit financing.” It is made possible by the fact that the government cuts the connection between goods and money. It issues paper money, which is used as a claim check on actually existing goods—but that money is not backed by any goods, it is not backed by gold, it is backed by nothing. It is a promissory note issued to you in exchange for your goods, to be paid by you (in the form of taxes) out of your future production.
PARIS — A day after European leaders unveiled their latest plan to save the euro, top officials opened talks with China in an effort to lure tens of billions of dollars in additional cash, giving China perhaps its biggest opportunity yet to exercise financial clout in the Western world.
China is expected to demand significant concessions, including financial guarantees and limits on what Beijing sees as discriminatory trade policies, in exchange for any investment in Europe’s emergency stability fund. The head of the rescue fund, Klaus Regling, got a cautious reply from Chinese officials Friday during a visit to Beijing, where he said he did not expect to reach an investment deal with China anytime soon.